In most big cities the major polluters are cars but in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, the culprit is coal.Burned in ‘gers’ is they’re called these traditional homes are off the grid.It’s an ancient way of life but it’s also filling the air with dangerous and unhealthy particular matter.
My kids get sick too often because of air pollution.It is so difficult to breathe in the smoke especially early in the morning and in evenings.
In the winter more than half of the city’s 1.3 million residents stay warm by burning coal and even plastic and rubber tires that’s makes Mongolia’s capital the most polluted city in the world.Our school does not have air purifiers. I hope in future the government will provide them.
A government study blames pollution for thousands of deaths every year between 2004 and 2014 the range for this one decade,the cases of respiratory infection and cardiovascular disease, both are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Mongolia have been doubled.
There’s an increased chance children here will develop asthma or get pneumonia the risks are high for pregnant women as well.
There was a 3.6 times increase in miscarriages and stillbirth if you compare world marks to into it.
But solutions are hard to come by. Lack of affordable housing is the main issue and obviously the only solution to the air pollution that is to move people from the gers districts into apartments where electricity is provided, heating is provided, from essentially.
But an estimated 62% of Ulaanbaatar’s population live in gers, making it unlikely the problem will be solved anytime soon.
Kevin Enochs, VOA News